A national program in U.S. hospitals has led to a decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs), researchers say.
Dr. Sanjay Saint, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, told Reuters Health by email, “We put in place a program to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) in 926 intensive care units and non-ICU hospital units within 603 hospitals spread over 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Nearly all of the decrease in CAUTI rates was due to changes in infection rates in non-ICUs. ICUs didn’t see much change in either CAUTI or catheter use.”
Dr. Saint and colleagues reported on the first four of nine cohorts that began the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in March 2011. The four cohorts completed the program by November 2013.